PARIS: FranceThe trade Unions Heading for an important face-off against President Emmanuel Macron On Tuesday, fresh strikes are protests Planned against a controversial pensions Reform that would increase the retirement age by millions
Unions threatened to block the government’s efforts to implement the changes. These proposed changes included raising the minimum retirement age to 64 years from 62, and increasing contributions required for full pensions.
“I call on all the country’s employees, citizens and retirees who are against the pensions reform to come out and protest en masse,” Laurent Berger was the head of the CFDT union. France Inter radio station Monday.
“The president cannot remain deaf” To the protestsHe added.
Macron The plan was at the center of his last-year re-election campaign. His cabinet said that changes are necessary to ensure the prevention. pensions System from going into deficit in Coming years.
However, they are met with fierce opposition from the parliament as well as street protestors. in Three people from across the nation supported protests against According to an Elabe poll published Monday, it was.
“They’re right to be striking,” Ali ToureA 28-year old construction worker waited in a RER suburban train that was delayed at a Paris station.
“Manual labour is hard. It’s no big deal if I arrive late for a month, my boss will wait!” He stated.
CGT Union, a hardline group of CGT members said fuel deliveries to refineries from across the country were prohibited. France Blockage of petrol stations since Tuesday morning could lead to fuel station running out if necessary protests Keep fighting for the unions’ future.
“The strike has begun everywhere… with deliveries blocked from all the refineries this morning,” Eric Sellini is the branch coordinator of CGT.
Over a million people expected to strike – Unions warn of rolling strikes against public transport which could cause chaos in parts of the country for several weeks.
According to police, between 1.1 and 1.4 million people will be out on Tuesday according to reports in A source told AFP that there are more than 260 places in the country.
This would indicate a stronger opposition to the rallies held since mid-January, which were all at their upper limits.
According to official statistics, 1.27million people protested January 31, making it the most significant day for demonstrations.
Demonstrations began to form early Tuesday morning. in Since 1 AM, Rennes was blocked by about 100 protesters.
Unions promised the nation that they would bring it in the days leading up to Tuesday “to a standstill”.
One in A leading unionist representing the refinery workers is expected to lead five high-speed and regional trains. “to its knees”.
Teachers in schools can also stage walkouts.
French television broadcast Monday by Elisabeth Borne, Prime Minister. She stated that she values the right to protest but that a stand-still nationwide would penalize. “the most fragile” The population.
– “Need for work longer” – The government argues that changes are necessary to preserve the system. France’s pensions system to avoid falling into deep deficits in The future.
“If we want to keep this system going, we need to work longer,” Macron spoke last month.
However, unions disagree with this conclusion and suggest small increases in Contributions could help keep the company solvent. These workers also claim that proposed measures are unjust and will disproportionately impact low-skilled workers. in People who begin their career early are less likely to be bored.
Elabe surveys found that 56 percent of respondents supported rolling strike action and 59% supported calling for the country’s impasse.
The bill is currently being debated in The upper house of parliament has been elected after two weeks’ of heated discussion in The lower house, which ended without ever voting on the raising of the retirement age.
The Senate debate on Monday lasted until Tuesday at 3:00 am. On Tuesday, the right-leaning majority of the body rejected alternative funding proposals. pensions Left-leaning parties have a different system. At 2:30 PM, the debate will resume.
This centrist government hopes that the reform will be passed. in Parlament with support from the right without having to resort to a controversial mechanism which would not only bypass a parliamentary vote, but also risk fuelling even more protests.